32bit, 64bit, and adding a sata

Discussion in 'Windows 64bit' started by Guest, Oct 9, 2005.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Is it safe, and is there a way to add a sata drive to an already installed
    IDE XP32 system (no sata drivers installed yet), and then install XP64 on the
    sata and dual boot? If I add the sata drive now, then boot to install XP64 on
    it with sata drivers, will the boot.ini reflect both O/S's, and do it without

    Guest, Oct 9, 2005
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    John Barnes Guest

    Theoretically, yes. There have been a number of BIOS and driver problems
    with SATA drives, especially SATA II, I don't think anyone can guarantee a
    without problems resolution.
    Be prepared for problems. Personally I would go into the BIOS and set the
    SATA drive as your system drive (if an option) before you install x64. It
    then will not overwrite your x32 boot files and you can at least switch the
    BIOS back if you run into problems, without having to copy over files, etc.
    John Barnes, Oct 9, 2005
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    Guest Guest

    Ok, thanks John. But one more question, assuming I can do that. Where do the
    sata drivers get written to? I'm assuming the sata drive, but I don't know. I
    would like to be able to access files on the sata drive from the IDE one.

    Guest, Oct 9, 2005
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    Rick Guest

    I have an MSI MB and your suggestion doesn't work. You cannot designate
    the "boot" drive in the BIOS, you can designate the "boot" drive, or
    boot preference sequence.

    No matter what you designate as your "boot" drive in the BIOS, the
    hardware still starts with the first PATA IDE drive number 80, which
    defaults to drive C:. If you have a second PATA IDE drive it will
    default to 81. Then, when you install the SATA drive it will default to
    82. The boot sequence/preference will have no effect on the assigned
    hardware device numbers.

    If he wants to dual boot, he will have fewer problems if he leaves the
    current C; drive as the default boot drive and allow Win x64 to write
    the necessary information to that drive to select which OS he desires to
    boot when given the option.
    Rick, Oct 9, 2005
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    Rick Guest

    Correction on line 2 - the first "boot" should be "system"
    Rick, Oct 9, 2005
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    John Barnes Guest

    You will be using 64-bit drivers and they will be in Windows on the SATA
    drive. When windows sees the new drive in x32, it will install the drivers
    for you. I don't recall if you have to have online access. You won't have
    a problem accessing the files on either drive from the other.
    John Barnes, Oct 9, 2005
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    Guest Guest

    What I would do is pull the XP32 drive, do a clean install of XP64 with the
    SATA. Modify the Boot.ini on the XP64 drive, re connect the XP32 and add the
    XP32 Boot Drive to the Boot.ini. I have my setup that way. When you boot XP32
    it does it's thing on it's drive. Same for XP64. I am running dual boot that
    way with XP32 on C: and XP64 on I:. Both drives are WD SATA 150 at 10k RPM.
    My 3ware SATA raid 5 runs great on both boots. Which has another 5 drives. I
    see all drive with any boot.

    I would not try dual boot on the same drive, even with different primary
    Guest, Oct 16, 2005
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